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June 17, 2015

The Transit Referendum.... The results?




So. Maybe I've missed something. I've been away as my faithful reader knows.

The 2015 Metro Vancouver Transportation and Transit Plebiscite, otherwise known at the transit referendum, was held by a mail-in ballot and voting closed at 20h00 on Friday, 29 May. Simple enough. I voted and encouraged others to do the same, regardless of their position. We are told that about 45% of eligible voters made the effort. Not bad, all things considered.






I have a question: Where are the results?

It's been almost three weeks and ... no results. Unless I've missed something of course. Entirely possible.

It takes less than an evening for our nation to count, by hand mind you, an entire federal election. With a few minor exceptions we get it right in every constituency. The Excited States marvel at our abilities. There they use all sorts of mechanical devices and it sometimes takes days. And even then they don't always get it right.


So why aren't the results from the Metro Vancouver Transportation and Transit Plebiscite available from Elections BC? On their website they say,"Counting and reporting of voting results is expected to last a number of weeks, depending on voter participation in the plebiscite."  Really? And what does a number of weeks mean exactly? Four? Five? When our political masters tell us?

How hard could this be? Or am I missing something?

Copyright 2015 by Jim Murray.2015 

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